The power of Richard Taylor

This morning, I was sure I posted a blog titled; Melatonin and Exercise Help in Alzheimer’s Disease. However, it has ‘disappeared’; I’ve just tuned in to do some work on one of my drafts, and simply cannot find it. Of course, it must be ‘user error’ that has caused its disappearance, but if anyone who gets my blogs…

4 videos to help understand dementia

My paddling and flapping is still interrupting my ability to write personal blogs at the moment, so I will continue to add resources or other material of interest. The Alzheimer’s Reading Room led me to this resource, and the four videos. Thank you once again Bob De Marco. Have a look at the videos, especially the two…

Richard Taylor PhD

Richard Taylor sent out his newsletter today, and bravely disclosed : “He is “a person living with the symptoms and diagnosis of dementia. I am now also Richard, a person living with esophageal cancer. It was discovered last week, “staged” this week, and I am working with three physicians on a plan on how to best…

Using other ways to communicate

Recently I was introduced to a Spanish woman, Susana Garcia who has been involved in setting up a blog Moving Your Soul, by Kay Bransford. Susana and I stay in touch via email, and she has sent me a video made about family’s experience of living with her father who has Alzheimer’s dementia. It is profoundly and…

Test Your Memory (5 Best Tests)

My mind is closed for restoration today, but I thought I’d add this very useful blog from Bob De Marco’s Alzheimer’s Reading Room. Many people regularly ask me if they should be worried about their memory, so this might be the place to start. Always seek medical advice if you are worried about your memory or…

Is your glass half full or half empty?

In a tribute to a loved one living with a diagnosis of dementia somewhere on the beautiful site Moving Your Soul she said; “I couldn’t see the woman she really was, I could only see what I was missing in her. Now, I can see who she is, who she’s always been, a positive woman…

People with dementia as Advocates

There are many positive things happening globally about dementia. Research is making small headway, governments are at least starting to listen, the carers of people living with dementia have had a strong voice for some time, and now, very occasionally people with dementia are speaking out. Richard Taylor and Christine Bryden are two people I…

Glen Campbell an Alzheimer’s

From CNN February 12th 2012, Glen Campbell talks about Grammys, living with Alzheimer’s, by Denise Quan “Last June, Glen Campbell stunned fans when he revealed in a press release that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It was not an easy decision to go public with his private struggle, but his family felt it was…

Dementia and sleep

The Professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr David White, says inadequate sleep can lead to increased hunger and weight gain, decreased immune function, increased blood pressure, increased incidence of heart attacks, and poor glucose regulation. The Philips Healthcare 2010 Australian Health and Wellbeing Index reported 48% of the sleep deprived said it…

“Also A Mirror” – winner of 3 out of 3 awards

The following blurb is from the announcement of the 2012 ACS SA & NT Excellence Awards and might be of interest to you. It was from the news item posted on ECH’s website news page. “The Media Award “recognises an individual or organisation whose efforts result in the positive portrayal of older people, and/or aged…

Radio National play: “Also A Mirror”

Following on from my blog yesterday, I have the details of the radio play about dementia, and as it is such a wonderful production, it deserves another plug! Over the last 18 months, ECH has worked very closely with Adelaide based youth theatre company, Urban Myth, firstly to produce a stage play, Also a Mirror,…

The value of public opinion

Bob de Marco wrote recently on The Alzheimer’s Reading Room, “I lost track of how many times Dotty said, ‘get out, I don’t need you here, I can take care of myself’.  This was particularly hurtful because I had dropped out of the world to take care of Dotty full time. Twenty four hours a day,…

Scotland leads with dementia services

Special support is offered to dementia sufferers in Scotland BMJ2012;344doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2687(Published 12 April 2012)Bryan Christie Everyone newly diagnosed with dementia in Scotland is to be guaranteed at least a year’s support in what is said to be one of the first commitments of its kind in the world. It is part of a wider programme…